Most people come to yoga in search of a stronger, more flexible body — and maybe a clearer head and a calmer heart, too. And yoga's amazing for those things. (Not to mention it can help you achieve that enviable yoga posture!)
Reason No. 486 to get your namaste on? So that you can make — and use! — a custom painted yoga mat. This project is a great way to express yourself by creating a downward doggone-cool piece of art that makes exercise fun. Plus, it's seriously easy.
It's easy to think of stress as the enemy of creativity. After all, how are you supposed to find time to write that poem or bake that cake when a million obligations are breathing down your neck? Yet our most stressful times are also when we need creative outlets the most. (We've all had the experience of unplugging for a creative break and coming back totally renewed, right?)
Hear that? It's sunshine and fresh air calling your name! And there's no better pair than gorgeous weather and an outdoor yoga sesh. Get ready to "Om" with Mother Nature thanks to these nine expert tips.
Family obligations! Work! The news! Turning the mind off from the distractions that buzz around us all day long can be a seriously difficult feat. When it is finally achieved, however, it’s complete and utter bliss. Meditation is one sure-fire way to detach from the world and experience the mind, body, and soul connection in its truest form.
Picture this: A beautiful, serene meditation room that's outfitted with flickering candles and fragrant flowers and soft pillows. A place where you're instantly calmed and ready to just breathe and relax. Sound lovely but not, well, realistic? You might be surprised to learn that you don't actually need more space to create an area dedicated to meditation — you just need intention and a little creativity.
It's a funny thing about journaling — you start out hoping it will enhance your life, improve your mindfulness, or at the very least allow you to keep a record of your world today. But somewhere along the way, life, the world, tons of STUFF can get in the way. This time, set yourself up for journaling success by keeping the following advice top of mind.
There are probably about as many ways to do yoga as there are poses. Well, not quite. But whether you're a competitive athlete or someone who has never, ever done a downward dog, there's definitely a style of yoga to suit your mind, body and spirit. Here's an easy guide to six of the most popular yoga styles, so you can find the perfect fit for you.
In theory, meditation sounds magical: All you have to do is sit still for few minutes and boom — you'll gain inner peace and nail that zen glow. Yeah, not so fast. It actually takes a fair amount of practice, especially if you're not-so-patient by nature. After all, sitting still is tough when you’ve got a million things racing through your mind or a ten-mile-long to-do list on your phone.
Even if you aren't one of @mynameisjessamyn's throngs of IG followers, you've probably heard of her book Every Body Yoga (Workman, 2017), or seen her featured in the seemingly-everywhere Kotex campaign, or picked up on the buzz she's garnered everywhere from Yoga Journal to CNN.
Sure, when you're in downward dog you're not supposed to be thinking about anything but your breath. But perhaps in between asanas you have found yourself wondering: what is she really thinking? What would your yoga instructor like you to know that would both improve your practice and help your teacher give you better instruction? Some of the insights may surprise you: